Comedian and actor Jason Manford will host this year’s Olivier Awards with Mastercard. The 2017 awards are set to be the biggest yet, as they make their debut at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday 9 April.
Jason Manford is an award-winning comedian, broadcaster and actor. His stage credits include the multi Olivier Award-winning production of Sweeney Todd, as well as the UK tours of The Producers and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
Jason Manford said: “Hosting the Oliviers is the closest I’m going to get to getting one! It’s such a huge honour to be hosting this prestigious and exciting event and I can’t wait to do it.”
The awards will be broadcast in the UK and worldwide via ITV, Magic and Facebook. Scheduling will be announced shortly.
Groundhog Day leads the musical theatre field in the list of nominations for this year’s Olivier Awards.
The well-received show which makes its Broadway debut later this month picked up nominations in eight categories including the Mastercard Award for Best New Musical and a nod for leading man Andy Karl in the Best Actor in a Musical category. (Dreamgirls, School Of Rock The Musical and The Girls are also nominated for Mastercard Best New Musical.)
Andrew Lloyd Webber also has cause to celebrate with nominations for three separate shows (Sunset Boulevard, Jesus Christ Superstar and School of Rock The Musical). Jesus Christ Superstar, returning this summer to Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, receives six nominations including Magic Radio Best Musical Revival. Dreamgirls receives five nominations including Best Actress in a Musical for Amber Riley.
Matthew Bourne and his company New Adventures’ The Red Shoes is recognised in the Best Entertainment and Family category which also includes a nomination for Cinderella, the show which marked the return of pantomime to the London Palladium for the first time in 29 years.
This year’s awards’ season favourite, the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, once again leads the field with a record breaking 11 nominations.
As previously announced, Kenneth Branagh will receive The Special Award during the ceremony on Sunday 9 April.
Commenting on the awards, Julian Bird, chief executive of the Society of London Theatre and executive producer of the Olivier Awards said: “In a year of global change, the nominees for this year’s awards demonstrate London theatre’s ability to challenge our perceptions, stir our emotions, and entertain us. From new British plays and musicals, to reinventions of well-known titles, the Oliviers proudly celebrate an extraordinary range of acting and creative talent.”
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